Record Numbers Deported in 2011

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Immigration statistics are coming out just in time to inform the presidential candidates' calculations on the controversial issue. During the 2011 fiscal year, U.S. authorities deported 391,953 foreign-born people, according to numbers released Friday by the Office of Immigration Statistics. Ninety-three percent of those deported came from just four countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The deportations includes a record-high number of 188,000 individuals convicted of crimes in the United States. The figures are down slightly for the 2012 fiscal year: with one month left, the U.S. has deported approximately 366,000 undocumented civilians.